Manny Perez: El Chamaco Moderno

When you cross-over Mexican norteño/ranchera music with a pop/rock sound, you might run the risk of alienating your more accustomed audience. However, I don’t think Manny Perez y Los Cachiros had that problem. Even with their straight forward rock break-beat, Perez stays true his corridos roots and avoids the psuedo-sophistication of Mexican pop music of early 70’s Mexico. 

As indicated in earlier posts musica Norteño, ranchera, and corridos are just as much about the lyrics as they are about the sound. From stories of everyday people, to the working class, to tales about the anti-hero. Take for example the song “chica bancaria” (girl who works in a bank), a ballad about falling in love with the beautiful girls that work in a bank. The song is a bit kitschy, but I sense more a ballad of the outsider looking in. Or even an admiration for something more sophisticated, the new class of working women, or possibly a comment on the nature of modernity in 70’s Mexico. Which itself is a reflection of his music. Maybe I’m grasping. Anyway, I don’t really want to delve into the effects of modern culture on traditional Mexico. I think Manny is most comfortable in his patio, sitting next to his propane tank, with his big work boots and fucked up side burns. 

I couldn’t find much else about this band except that they hail from Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Also, I threw in the more Banda sounding La Pulmonia (Pneumonia) to round out his melodies for good measure. ¡Gózalo!

1. Manni Perez: El Chamaco Moderno

2. Manny Perez: Mi Ritmo Pop

3. Manny Perez: Soledad

4. Manny Perez: La Pulmonia

5. Manny Perez: Chica Bancaria

6. Manny Perez: Susan

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12 Responses to “Manny Perez: El Chamaco Moderno”


  1. 1 Lengua January 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Good ol Manny.

    You know those aren’t really back up singers,
    it his chops singing.

    Damn it’s good to see him get his spotlight.

    thanks Franko

    • 2 Verónica Perez May 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Hola. Solo para aclarar, ellos no eran de León Guanajuato, mi tío Manny Perez y mi papá Celilio Perez “el cachiro” son nacidos en san Luis Potosí de donde era mi abuelo. Yo sin querer llegue hasta esta publicacion , pues ando buscando discos de ellos, ya que no concervo mas que los últimos que grabaron… Saludos!

  2. 3 juan data January 5, 2010 at 5:28 am

    “la moda llegó al rancho” classic!

  3. 4 richard January 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    While it almost seems like grasping to notice the very . I like your take on it Manni, Joseph. The tracks are like these negotiations, wrestling matchs between ranchera and mid-60s british rock. From the first bar, I noticed this modish, almost garage-rock sensibility infused into the cuts. This is some dope audio-mestizaje at its finest, man!

  4. 5 richard January 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry for f’ing up the first sentence of the last post. I meant to say that I don’t think you’re grasping at the outsider-looking-in viewpoint.

    • 6 josephfranko January 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      Nah Richard, don’t worry about it. Thanks for all the good words. Yeah he really does wrestle with two different sounds, doesnt he? Also, if you listen/understand the lyrics, his words reflect that struggle as well. The first song pretty much illustrates that. Manni talks about wearing farmers pants, but having stylish long hair, all the while his mother-in law doesnt understand him. Try wrestling with a Mexican suegra (in law).

  5. 7 alejandro January 18, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Man this is great! (and I’m not only talking about the sideburns)

  6. 8 Charly Garcia January 20, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    yeah!!! i’d remember Carlos Icaza playing that song and the same time dancing like crazy!!!! goog times!!

  7. 9 abel corchado February 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    This was awesome it took me back to the 70s thanks for giving credit where credit is due and he was waaaaaay over due. Manni was the beggienning and the end of a new era of Rancheras would have loved to listen just one more time to la Rumalda and con la luz apagada. Awesome songs.

  8. 10 martin felix April 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    soy fanatico a manni perez

  9. 11 Gabo September 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Descubriendo a Manni Perez… buenísimo !!!

  10. 12 Verónica Perez May 29, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hola. Solo para aclarar, ellos no eran de León Guanajuato, mi tío Manny Perez y mi papá Celilio Perez “el cachiro” son nacidos en san Luis Potosí de donde era mi abuelo. Yo sin querer llegue hasta esta publicacion , pues ando buscando discos de ellos, ya que no concervo mas que los últimos que grabaron… Saludos!


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